On Thursday last week, it has been a year since I left South Africa on my (6-month) adventure around Europe and Asia. I’ve visited 14 countries, had some pretty remarkable experiences and met some amazing people. Here are some of the highlights:
- Being an usher at good friend’s wedding in London, followed by a week with him and his family wine tasting in the South of France.
- Spent two weeks spent with another two great friends in Portugal and Spain
- Ran with the bulls in Pamplona Spain.
- Followed the tour de France for 2 days.
- Sailed around the islands in Croatia for a week
- Spent five weeks learning to surf on a remote island in the Philippines
- Learn to free dive and completed my level 2 certification
- Travelled to 13 different countries
- Run 100-mile stage race in the Himalayas
- Spent almost three weeks hiking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
All of the above are tangible things that I’ve done on my travels. To me though the following list of things I have learnt have been far more valuable to me:
- Always go after what you want in your life – and don’t let others (or yourself) talk you out of it.
- Sometimes what is “expected from you” and what, “society says” isn’t what is best for YOU. Just once try going against the grain and see what happens.
- A life filled with “things” is often less fulfilling than a life filled with “experiences”. I’ve got very little “stuff” in my life at the moment. It makes me appreciate the “things” I do have, and I rather spend my energy on experiences.
- What you value and think is important can, and often does change.
- I learnt the word “sonder” – when you think about other people in this way you realise that there is a lot that you can learn from each person that you meet. Take the time to learn about them and hear their story.
- Find a hobby you’re passionate about and don’t stop looking until you find – for many years I had a goal on my list to do “by a DSLR and learn photography”. Four months ago I did that, and it has changed the way I think and see the world around me. I am also a very left brain thinker and this is the place I’m allowed to be artistic and creative. It’s been really good for me.
I have spent a lot of time “screaming” about a project I recently launched to assist people in Nepal that were affected by the earthquake … if you’ve not yet checked it out … please do www.nepal425.com